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My intention for this review is to be as broad and collaborative as possible and we have been delighted with the level of interest so far. Having recently launched the online call for evidence, we are now turning our attention to the workshops in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle throughout the month of July. As well as these workshops which are centred around the four themes outlined in the terms of reference we are hosting further workshops on specific areas including architectural policies, sustainability and urban and landscape design.

I was interested to read the comments by the President of the Landscape Institute in the media last week. I welcome these comments and absolutely agree that the review must consider the importance of the wider built environment and the spaces in between buildings as well as buildings themselves. I feel passionately about the importance of landscape as the primary infrastructure and currently give my time on a voluntary basis to roles which include Chair of the Thames Gateway Local Nature Partnership, RIBA Knowledge Champion for Trees and Urban Greening, Honorary Town Planning Consultant to the Royal Parks, Quality of Life Policy Group Advisor for Greater London Authority, Judge for Mayors Low Carbon Prize amongst other roles such as Mayor’s Design Advisor and Design Champion for cities including Ashford and regions including Kent and Medway. All of which intend to further the cause of place-making, sustainability and urban and landscape design.

I would urge all institutions, organisations, groups and individuals involved in city making in it’s widest sense to get involved in the review and submit their views through the online call for evidence. I would also recommend that people do not feel restricted by the suggested questions within the call for evidence. The terms of reference which these questions address were discussed and agreed with DCMS in consultation with other departments such as BIS and DCLG where there are other reviews underway on construction industry strategy and the Taylor Review of the NPPF, for example, so that the scope of the review could be clarified. The key thing about this review is that it is independent and I will make recommendations based on my experience as a practising town planner and architect, the views of the panel, the views submitted online through the call for evidence and the numerous workshops that are planned throughout the summer.

To submit your views please visit the website farrellreview.co.uk before the deadline of 19th July 2013.

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Sir Terry Farrell CBE

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